This is the 3rd installment documenting some recent conversations I have had with a buddy of mine – Paul R.
Paul and I meet for lunch about every week and discuss numerous things. Recently these conversations have headed in a direction related to Paul’s concern of the economy and the future of the country. In our last meeting – I opened up about my involvement in prepping and he seems genuinely interested.
We met last week, and after talking a bit about work and regular life stuff…..Paul changed the direction of the conversation……
Paul: Well John, a couple weeks ago we started talking about preparing for possible bad times ahead. I did what you suggested and started doing some Google searches into the economy, government debt, and some other stuff. I’ll tell you what – I was really surprised at how many people think the economy is going to collapse or something like that.
Rourke: As we discussed before – I have my beliefs like others. I am involved in prepping for more than just that. You never know what will happen – natural disaster, unemployment….who knows.
Paul: I want to get started doing some things. I am not totally convinced the “world will come to an end”, but it makes a lot sense to have extra stuff on hand. I went to FEMA’s website and printed out some checklists and have started to follow them.
Rourke: That is definitely a good start. A lot of those government checklist will get you going in the right direction. For any long-term situation – they will fall short thought.
Paul: Do you have any suggestions?
Rourke: That is a BIG question. I can email you a few resources but those checklists you mentioned are a great lace to start. Getting extra of all basic supplies – food, sanitation, medicine, water – good stuff.
Paul: You know John, this might sound a little crazy….but I am kinda excited.
Rourke: How so?
Paul: Well – this all seems like something out of a movie. Preparing for the “end of the world” and stuff.
Rourke: I know what you mean – but for many like me – we take it serious. I have a family – I am responsible for them. If “something” happens – and I fail to properly prepare – it is on my shoulders. Now – obviously I have a life outside of preparedness – but prepping is certainly part of it.
Paul: OK. I have to get back to work – but I hope you don’t mind if I come to you for advice or to bounce ideas off of you.
Rourke: No problem Paul, anytime.
In case you are interested – I emailed Paul the link to download M.D. Creekmore’s excellent e-book It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine.